Disabled Veterans May Soon be Eligible for Zero Wait Period Social Security Disability Benefits

The country is now involved in the longest war in American history. This war effort, along with the increased survival rate of combat injuries, has contributed to a rising number of disabled veterans. The number of disabled veterans has increased since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to nearly three million — an increase of approximately 25%.

What usually happens when someone is wounded at war?

When men and women of the armed forces are wounded in combat and come home to recover, they may not be able to keep their job in the military. And, as with many other people with disabilities, these veterans encounter difficulties when seeking alternate employment. The current economy adds to their challenges. Disabled veterans are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Getting the help of a qualified attorney experienced in Social Security Disability can be very beneficial in helping you understand and navigate the process. Included in the current requirements is a mandated waiting period of five months before any benefits can be provided.

Zero wait period is possible if resolution is adopted

If a proposed resolution (HR 6445 of the 112th Congress) is successful, it will speed up the SSD process by eliminating the five-month waiting period. The bill provides this reduction in waiting period for veterans disabled as a result of injuries sustained in a combat zone. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Glenn Thompson, Republican of PA, and Co-Sponsored by Rep. David Loebsack, Democrat from Iowa, along with three other Republican House Members. Rep. Thompson strongly has encouraged the Senate to include this measure in the $635 billion defense spending bill that was passed by the house in May. The bill’s sponsors believe adoption is likely. Veterans groups such as the VFW, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the National Guard Association support the bill.

It is believed the bill would have a very minimal increase in expenditure and would be a great help to the most vulnerable veterans, those personnel leaving the military but too sick to work.

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